ORGANISER OF 'OUT OF HAND' STUDENT PARTY IN LENTON ISSUED WITH £10,000 FINE
 

Nottingham Post Digital News Corespondent, Jamie Barlow, writing on Friday 25 June 2021, reported that the student who had organised a 21st birthday party in Harrington Drive, Lenton earlier in the week which resulted in large-scale anti-social behaviour, has now been issued with a £10,000 fine.

£10,000 fine for organiser of student party which got 'out of hand'

A £10,000 fine has been issued to the organiser of a 21st birthday party that saw 100 people spill out onto the streets of Lenton.

Neighbours were kept awake and left angry and upset by the loud antics which left many with little or no sleep ahead of work or school the next day.

A senior police chief said there'd been a "blatant breach of the rules”.

The organiser will now be expected to pay the fine or he can choose to go to court.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said: “First and foremost, the party on Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning was large scale antisocial behaviour.

“Even without the Covid legislation, we would tackle this hard and not tolerate it – it generated a number of calls from residents in the area who, quite frankly, deserve more respect.

“This was a blatant breach of the legislation with more than 100 attendees at the party and it is a shame that we have had to use the Covid legislation as we take no pleasure in using it."

Crowds gathered in Harrington Drive, Lenton, and a resident saying there were party-goers out into the early hours of the morning.

Footage captured by the Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents' Association has shown the crowd singing before angry residents could be heard telling revellers to "shut up" and that "people are in bed".

An eyewitness said residents have had enough.

In the party's aftermath, a man, who said he was the event's organiser, told Nottinghamshire Live that he just wanted to celebrate his 21st birthday with his friends, but everything "went out of hand".

ACC Cooper added: “There is clear evidence the new Delta variant of concern is rising quickly in Nottingham and in particular this is rife among the younger age groups, who may not yet have had all their vaccinations. 

"We know it spreads twice as quickly and it is twice as likely to see people hospitalised if they are vulnerable.

“Therefore to host such a party with scant regard to this situation is frankly astonishing – especially this late in the pandemic when there is no excuse whatsoever.

“We know a number of students are leaving the city as their term comes to an end but we would urge them not to be tempted to host such parties before they leave. 

"We are so close to all restrictions being lifted, so it is in all our interest to not let situations like this set us all back.”

Large crowds were reported to police in the streets at around 3am on Thursday, June 24.

Officers entered the house and dispersed the revellers and shut down music systems.

The organiser was given the fine on Friday (June 25).

Both of the city's universities have said they were investigating as "a matter of urgency".

It comes after police issued warnings in the same neighbourhood on Thursday evening, June 24, after another party which was on a smaller scale.

Officers have introduced dispersal orders in the Lenton area following issues with other revellers intent on causing antisocial behaviour. This gives people the power to arrest individuals if they refuse to move on.

A spokesman for The University of Nottingham said: “We are deeply disappointed at this behaviour which is unrepresentative of the majority of students in the city.

“Breaches of social distancing measures are an offence under our student discipline code and, in addition to any police action or court proceedings, the university will consider further disciplinary action, where fines, suspension and exclusion are potential outcomes.

“The university will continue to work closely with police, local authorities and residents' associations to ensure our students protect and respect the communities of which they are a part."

£10,000 fine for organiser of student party which got 'out of hand' - Nottinghamshire Live

See also:

'Exhausted' residents left in tears as large street party keeps them up all night - Nottinghamshire Live

Residents' fury at Nottingham students over 'ridiculous' party scenes as police forced to step in - Nottinghamshire Live

Dispersal order in place across Lenton after 'multiple' reports of loud parties - Nottinghamshire Live

Residents fear students will stay in city for summer after losing out on 'uni experience' - Nottinghamshire Live